Here we are – 2016!  And I am currently ON FIRE in keeping with my resolutions! (For what now, 5 days?!)

I went to a Yoga class this morning, and the theme was “Begin Again”.  Perfect!  So we have a new year, a new theme, a new look and hopefully a new podcast coming this year!

I’ve updated my concert calendar with some fun new shows, and hope to keep a diverse, eclectic show schedule as active as possible.  If you’re a musician or band and are playing in LA – please let me know! I’d love to cover it!

I also added the AlongTheRail photography portfolio.  Click on the link to the left to see some of my favorite photos.  Playing a show in LA and want me to shoot it? Drop me a line!

I also want to hear more from our readers.  What are some of your resolutions – Music related or otherwise?  What shows are you looking forward to in the coming months?  What albums can you not wait to hear? What EXCITES you about the new year?!

Music can be both an independent experience or a highly social and collaborative one. I like both and would be thrilled if a community could arise from these posts this year.  Follow the blog itself, via twitter, email.. Keep in touch and say hi!

And as always – I’m open to and eager to hear new music!  Send me stuff to alongtherailmusic@gmail.com!  Thanks so much to those who have submitted tracks.  We’ll be in touch!

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and musical new year! Thanks for reading!





Pumarosa – “Priestess” (Chess Club Records)

Happy Halloween weekend!

I just found this awesome song from the London based band PUMAROSA.  Take a few minutes (7 and a half to be exact) to lose yourself in this awesome hypnotic, slow burn track that builds and evolves.

“You Dance You Dance You Dance You Dance”

I can’t wait for this band to come Stateside, but if you’re lucky enough to be in the UK, here are upcoming tour dates:

FIVE FOR FRIDAY May 29, 2015

Here are 5 new songs making me happy these days:

1) WORK DRUGS “Hey Nineteen”

The more I listen to this song, the more I like it.  Super catchy beat from this Philadelphia based duo.  I’m excited to see them live at the Roxy in September!

Work Drugs: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

2) CLOSE TALKER “For The Sun”

Great stuff from this Canadian indie rock group.

Close Talker: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

3) SUNFLOWER BEAN “I Hear Voices”

This song makes me miss living in NYC.  It’s a fun, gritty song from this Brooklyn based trio.

Sunflower Bean: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

4) RIOTHORSE ROYALE “You’re Still Here”

Beautiful harmonies layered over a lush yet slightly sinister sound.  Love what this indie-pop duo is doing!  Shoutout to one of my fave music sites DAYTROTTER for turning me on to these guys.

Riothorse Royale:  Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

5) ROOSEVELT “Night Moves”

Really fun song from this talented indie-electric artist from Germany.  I can hear this in a car commercial.. He’s live at the Echoplex in LA July 16th.

Roosevelt: Website  Facebook  Soundcloud

That’s it for this week – Have a wonderful weekend!


This summer there is SO much free music to see live in LA!

To get us started, here’s the JUNE schedule for KCRW’S brilliantly curated Summer Nights concerts:


6/5 First Fridays @ Natural History MuseumHanni El Khatib & Avid Dancer (wow!)

6/6 Make Music PasadenaHow To Dress Well, Nick Waterhouse & More

6/6 One Colorado (Pasadena) De Lux & KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

6/20 One Colorado (Pasadena)Cayucas & KCRW DJ Marion Hodges

6/27 Chinatown Summer NightsKCRW DJs.  

I’ll be adding future shows for the rest of the summer as they near – stay tuned and have fun out there!

Looking for new music!

I’ve updated my blog, it’s time to update my ears.  Calling all musicians, songwriters, composers, bands – any and all of you!  I’d love to hear your music!  I will listen to it, I’ll give you feedback IF you want it, and I’ll write about it if I like it!  This is a win/win – new music for me, hopefully more exposure for you.

If you’re in, send a link to alongtherail@gmail.com.  Or, you can tweet it to me at @alongtherail.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

New Stuff I Like: RYAN AMADOR

“Where do you fall on the spectrum of sexuality?”

A question I’d never asked myself before, but now that I’ve heard Ryan Amador’s song “SPECTRUM”, I can’t stop asking myself that!

Ryan calls his genre “bio soul”,  and expresses himself through songs that are deep in thoughts about love, sex, and human nature itself.  He has a beautiful, crooning voice that belies his young age.

Though “SPECTRUM” is a super catchy, fun little ditty of a tune with a refrain that will stick with you for days, it’s lyrics present underlying questions and a premise that are quite profound.
The song also features wonderful contributions from Jo Lampert and Gyasi Ross.


Spectrum is on the collection of songs called “4S”, which as a whole beautifully captures Ryan’s range as a songwriter and singer.
His music elicits sadness, hope, love, loss, power and joy all at the same time.

Looking forward to a lot more from this talented singer / songwriter!

Check out more from Ryan here:
Ryan Amador homepage
Ryan Amador Facebook